PennDOT plans to deal with the interstates and pretreats secondary roads to remain forward of the snowfall

PennDOT crews are getting ready for 12-hour shifts and a marathon 2-days of clearing snowfall as a winter storm is anticipated to hit the world Wednesday.

“If you do not have to exit, please do not exit. This is not the time to go take a look at the gorgeous snow and see what the climate appears to be like like outdoors,” stated Fritzi Schreffler, PennDOT spokesperson.

PennDOT plans to focus its efforts on the interstates and pretreat secondary streets. Crews stated pretreating secondary roadways will give them extra time to deal with these main roadways to get forward of the snowfall.

PennDOT has 310 division vans at its disposal with round 40 leases. It additionally has 124,000 tons of salt within the 8-county area of South Central Pennsylvania.

“We’ve the flexibility to increase a number of the shifts. We’re working in 12 hour shifts,” stated Schreffler.

Schreffler stated the COVID-19 pandemic may very well help crews in clearing the roads sooner as extra persons are staying at house proper now underneath the state’s advisory and extra kids are attending cyber faculty. 

“The one good factor for us is that it is conserving a number of the congestion off the roads,” stated Schreffler.

Drivers could have as much as 40-mile routes to cowl. 

PennDOT warns everybody if the snow falls shortly, that might trigger accumulation on the roads till their crews are in a position to loop again round to the world. 

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